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The Snowy Day (Peter #1)

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Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy d
Paperback, 40 pages
Published October 28th 1976 by Puffin Books (first published 1962)
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“The Snowy Day” is a Caldecott Medal Award winning book by Ezra Jack Keats that details Peter’s adventures on a snowy day. “The Snowy Day” is clearly one of Ezra Jack Keats’ most enchanting books for children!

Ezra Jack Keats has done a great job at both illustrating and writing this story. Ezra Jack Keats’ illustrations are truly creative and colorful to look at as the characters and the environment surrounding them look like something cut out of a cardboard as the characters and the environment
Mar 09, 2009 Josephine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Until The Snowy Day (published in 1963), American children's books featured white children as the heroes (if you know of one that didn't, I'd love to hear about it). In the biography on his website, Ezra Jack Keats says:
Then began an experience that turned my life around—working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there a
Gosh, this cover just takes me back to my childhood! I don't know that the book was ever a "favorite" of mine, but I do remember the little boy in his snowsuit (I was obsessed with that snowsuit!) and his fun in the snow. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Ezra Jack Keats and have read several of Peter's stories through the years.

I still adore Peter's excitement over the snow, and the simple but loving way his story is told. It really captures the child's joy in the little things; making o
Mar 13, 2014 j rated it liked it
Shelves: nina, 2014
I like to imagine this book from the boy's parents' perspective.

"But when he woke up, the snow was still there, and new snow was falling!"

..and dad is outside swearing as he tries to shovel out his snowed-in car so he can go to work. Meanwhile, mom has slipped and fallen on the puddle of water left when the snowball the idiot child tried to carry inside in his pocket melted. She calls and calls for help, but her son doesn't hear her because he is outside making snow angels and pathetic two-segm
Dec 04, 2013 Laima rated it liked it
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day was a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner. Now, 50 years later, this book is still available at your local library. It was written and illustrated for children ages 3 to 8. I guess it just shows that a simple story and colorful pictures can withstand the test of time.

This is a story of what a young child does on a snowy day. It may be a bit nostalgic for some older readers. Perhaps for children growing up in the 60’s and 70’s it was a fine book to read. We
Oct 04, 2010 Maggie rated it it was amazing
There's a reason this book is a classic, Keats was able to really listen to the phrase "less is more" when he created this perfect little kids book. The pictures are warm and inviting, they directly interact with the text, making each page a fun adventure playing in the winter. Peter explores many of my favorite aspects of palyign with snow, from snow ball fights (though he decides not to take part), to snow angels, to trying to hold on to snow even inside (even though the snow ball melts in his ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Greg rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-kids
This book looks really familiar, like maybe I actually read it as a child. I've learned that even though I thought that I read as a child I must have only read things that would never be deemed 'classics', or maybe I just only re-read the same books over and over again.
This book captures a nice nostalgia for being little and having a snow day, when the time seemed to stretch out forever and so much shit was packed into the day that now it's baffling how you could ever do so much.
As a little ki
Mar 04, 2014 Willow rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when I was a wee one. It made me think a snowy day is magical. :D
Apr 10, 2014 David rated it it was amazing

Looking at this book actually made me tear up a little. Going through some boxes I saw this lying at the bottom and was instantly transported across space and time to my childhood. I remembered for the first time in many many years a time when I was innocent, and a certain clarity that this novel brought me.

You might be sneering or contorting your face in some representation of disbelief, (stop doing that btw, it’s not flattering) but stay with me for a second and let me explain.
It was my second
Ken Moten
Feb 13, 2014 Ken Moten rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kids, people interested in what I read as a child
Recommended to Ken by: Green Valley Elementary School
Ezra Jack Keats was a children's writer/illustrator primarily active during the 60s &70s. He was the 3rd child of Polish-Jewish immigrants and lived much of his life in his native Brooklyn, NYC. I could go on about that but what I want to focus on is this book and Mr. Keats' literary cannon in relation to me in the 1990s.

The book is a very simple tale of a little boy who goes out and explores his neighborhood in the snow--nothing complicated. So why is this book so celebrated 49 years later
Sep 30, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
I haven't read this to my niece and nephew, and I don't know if I ever will. My mom read this to me when I was a kid, and I *love* this book. I love Peter's little red suit, I love the colors and illustrations in this book, I love the little snow angels and the little duck feet Peter makes when he walks. I love the plop of snow falling on his head--just *everything*! I'd be heartbroken if my niece and nephew didn't love this one, too, and to be honest, I kind of just want The Snowy Day to always ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This book is adorable! We share Peter's adventures as he plays through a great day of snow, making snowballs, a smiling snowman, a cute snow angel, and walking around making different tracks and patterns!
Ignorant me had no idea that Ezra Jack Keats was a white, Jewish guy from Brooklyn until I read his blurb in The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children's Books (my review) So I think that just adds another level of coolness to this book. THE SNOWY DAY is a classic and award winner for a reason — it’s a timeless tale that captures the magic (and adventure!) of the first snowfall of the season. The illustrations are incredible — especially the snow with its beautiful iridescent sheen.

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Aug 19, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
This book is also a part of the Kindergarten reading plan for our charter school and we read it today. Although I could see no great wonder in the story, or the "okay" illustrations that won a Caldecott award, my 5 yr old son's whole face was lit up during the entire read. Perhaps because it's August, the time of year that we get tired of the heat and bugs and look forward to sledding and snowball fights, that he enjoyed it so much. In any case, he loved it and wanted to read it again, so we'll ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Becca rated it really liked it
the illustrations alone in this book make it worth having.
I have only recently discovered the wonderful Ezra Jack Keats after speaking to some people about the poor representation of non-white communities in children's literature. They mentioned Ezra Jack Keats (who is whote himself) and that his own life story meant that he was interested in telling stories of children who were/are segregated like himself.
A little reading showed that Jacob Ezra Katz lived in Brooklyn and, as an adult, was party to a lot of anti-Semitic racial abuse. To counter this,
Renee M
Apr 26, 2015 Renee M rated it it was amazing
A real treasure. I figure out some reason to read this to my students every winter. It's such a gem.
Panda Incognito
Jan 04, 2015 Panda Incognito rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorite books from childhood, and now that I am older, I can better appreciate how unique and special it is. Nowadays, it is fashionable and even ordinary for picture books to portray a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and skin colors, but this was published when that was not vogue, and the author himself was white, which I confess I did not know until I just looked this up on Goodreads. I'm used to stories of people fighting to portray their own cultures as valid and wort ...more
Sarah BT
Dec 30, 2009 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
I remember seeing The Snowy Day on Reading Rainbow as a child and enjoying it. Reading it again as an adult, I still enjoyed it. I even read this one while I was babysitting recently, and the two-year-old I was watching requested it be read over and over. It's truly a classic that has stood the test of time and I believe it will continue to do so.

The artwork doesn't have a lot of detail, but it transports the reader into it's snow filled pages. It's simple, but the snow covers all the outdoor
Peter wakes up to a snow covers world outside his his red snow suit he sets out to explore this new world. The snow makes wonderful crunching noises as he leaves footprints behind him. Them he drags his feet and leaves long streaks in the snow.he uses a stick to make a third line in the snow and to encouraged snow to fall from a nearby tree.some of it gals right on his head.
He tries to join in with the older boys in a snowball fight but its a little to advanced for him, so he tries so
Apr 13, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very cute story, very similar to the Whistle for Willie story, only set in the wintertime. The main character, Peter, the story development and the illustrations are very similar and convey a fun day in the snow. We've borrowed this book a couple of times and we enjoyed listening to the book narrated aloud by Linda Terheyden on CD while we followed along with the book.

This book was selected as one of the books for the April 2015 - Quarterly Caldecott discussion at the Picture-Book Clu
Apr 26, 2016 Tonika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ezra Jack Keats
I enjoyed reading this story. I would recommend this book for a kindergarten classroom. This book brings the reader the complete experience of winter. The book talked about what Peter wore, how he played, and it even touched on states of matter. I will keep this book as a reference in the future.
Lisa Vegan
If you ever played in the snow as a kid, it will bring back fond memories. If you read this picture book to young kids who have not yet experienced the pleasure of all the fun they can have in the snow, it will give them a taste of what it can be like, and it will most likely cause them to plead with you to take them somewhere snowy.

So, I did not first read this/have it read to me on June 26, 2008. It turns out our school librarian introduced it to my fourth grade class when it was first publish
Karlie Jamieson
Apr 13, 2016 Karlie Jamieson rated it liked it
This story is about a boy named Peter who wakes up to a snow covered world outside his window and he sets off to explore it. He does many different things to play in the snow and has a great time. He even put some snow in his pocket to bring home. Happy about his day he told his Mom about his adventures and thought about them during his warm bath. When he went to sleep he dreamt about his day. And when he woke up the snow was till every where, so he called to his friend across the hall, so he co ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it
The Snowy Day is about a little boy who is very excited for the snow. He gets on all his gear to go outside and wanders down his street. You can tell this little boy lives in the city just by noticing the streetlight above him on the sidewalk. As he is making is way down the street he does what any other kid would do by making tracks with his feet and a stick the he finds to hit at tree filled with snow. the boy comes across some older boys who are having snowball fight but he knows he is too li ...more
Sierra Gonzales
Jan 25, 2015 Sierra Gonzales rated it really liked it
The Snowy Day written by Ezra Jacks Keats is an everyday tale about a young boy named Peter experiencing his first day in snow. This Caldecott award winner depicts the boys interests and discoveries as he travels and explores in this winter wonderland.

This selection definitely deserved the Caldecott Award because:
~The new White Wonderland as displayed in the illustrations was actually a plethora of colors, which differentiates from most illustrators depictions of snow; instead of the monochroma
Patricia Stephens
Oct 30, 2014 Patricia Stephens rated it really liked it
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This book seemed so magical to me and I don't know why. You would think reading a fairytale would put you in that magical mood, but this simple book about snow is the one that did the trick. I believe this was because of the illustrations, and how well the author portrayed the wonderful feeling of one simple moment in a child's life. I have never seen the snow in my life until I was 17 years old, and it was the most magical moment in my life like the one in this book. One illustration that reall ...more
Stephanie Cahill
This story is about a child's adventures on a snowy day. He made a smiling snowman and snow angels. He climbed up the mountain of snow and made tracks with his feet. He even put a snowball in his pockets to remember his adventures. But when the day was done and when he was falling asleep, he dreamed the sun would come and take away all the snow. He woke up to find a whole new day to out adventuring but this time with a friend.

This children’s story has many multicultural and realistic elements.
Shannon Quinn
I reviewed the story The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats. The story was about a little boy who woke up one morning and there was snow everywhere. He was so excited he could not wait to go outside and play around in the snow. He then went on to to go outside and play in the snow. He walking in the snow, made markings in the snow, and even was going to join a snowball fight. At the end of the day he decided to pick up a snowball and bring it home for later.
The main character in the story was a young b
Jessica Aguilar
Apr 17, 2016 Jessica Aguilar rated it it was amazing
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats is the type of story any child would read and go through the different activities Peter goes through as he has fun on a snowy day. In 'The Snowy Day', the main character Peter has the usual fun on a snowy day that a small child can such as making snow angels or making tracks in the snow. At the end of the day, Peter has had so much fun in the snow that he does not want it to end.

The story has a number of parts that a work of realistic fiction has. The setting is
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Long before multicultural characters and themes were fashionable, Ezra Jack Keats crossed social boundaries by being the first American picture-book maker to give the black child a central place in children’s literature.

In the books that Keats wrote and illustrated, he used his special artistic techniques to portray his subjects in a unique manner. One of these was his blending of gou
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